Josh and Ruthie Wagner update

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Hi, Team! Makeni sure feels more like “home” now.

We recently spent four weeks (instead of the expected three/four days) in the capital, Freetown, to get our vehicle out of customs. Josh spent several days of those days working on computers, cellphones, etc. for our literacy and translation partners. We were overjoyed to get our car, drive home, and pull into our driveway! Even Elijah exclaimed “Home, home, home!”

Since we returned a week ago, we’ve had the pleasures of…

  • “Running stomachs” for a few days.
  • Driving the three minutes to the local hospital to check on July baby. — Picture attached!
  • Caring for a new puppy/watchdog and new bush kitty (both given to us unexpectedly). — Picture attached!
  • Practicing Themne in the neighborhood and meeting more neighbors. — Picture attached!
  • Worshipping at our village church in Romankeneh (15-minute drive and only Lutheran church in the Northern Province).
  • Printing and distributing copies of Krio liturgy to the church in Romankeneh (not translated into Themne… yet!).
  • Helping draft 2014 goals for Themne translation team.
  • Finishing up end-of-the-year reports… Thank you for your generosity!
  • Hearing the Muslim call to prayer nice and loud, several times a day… reminding us of the very few Christians in our neighborhood and a reason why we are here.
  • Taking on the rough roads with our new vehicle. — Picture attached!


Thank you for your prayers. Obviously, they’re needed and appreciated. Many have asked about mailing to us in Sierra Leone.  For those who haven’t seen them in our Facebook group, WAGNER UPDATES, instructions are below.

Love to you all!
Josh, Ruthie, Elijah (and July baby)

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Mail call February 24! Several people have requested mailing info. We haven’t received any postal mail here in Sierra Leone yet and have heard that mailing anything has about a 30-50% success rate. We’re still hoping to find a good option. Until then we’re going to have a barrel shipped to Sierra Leone in February to arrive in April/May. The barrel will include a car seat for coming baby, baby and birth supplies we need, and any letters or care package YOU have been eager to mail.  Time is short, so please have things mailed to arrive by February 24th. Please contact Josh’s mom, Kathy Wagner, for an address or to arrange drop off if you live in the Twin Cities.

P.S. In a barrel size matters but weight doesn’t.


1) Would someone from the Twin Cities (Minnesota) area be willing to pick up a barrel in New Hope and deliver it to Cottage Grove? It would need to be done sometime in the next two weeks.

2) For those interested in contributing to the cost of the barrel & shipment, contact Josh’s mom.

Contact Kathy Wagner: 58romans@gmail.com651-278-2500  Deadline: February 24

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Thank You From Monica Coyle



Ladies’ Valentine Lunch

We send a big thank you to the WMF for your gifts of encouragement and support! We pray for your ministry, and the many groups of women meeting throughout the US, that the Lord’s grace and love bless many.

We are currently enjoying three former AFLBS students here with us (Sam Olek, Josiah Nelson, and Luke Quanbeck), youth ministry interns who complete their service here in Ukraine this month. They have a full schedule during their short time in Odessa, but our family was especially blessed to have them with us.

Andy has a busy teaching schedule this month, as he has taught Acts and now is finishing Romans, and has several weekend seminars. This past Saturday I hosted the ladies from our school and some staff who could come. It was such a great time (photo attached)!

Thank you all for your prayers. May the Lord bless you!
Monica Coyle

Check It Out


 I invite you to get a more personal look at the lives of John & Ruby Abel, our AFLC pioneer missionaries in Brazil, who are still actively serving the Lord in retirement.  You will find it interesting, informative, and inspiring.  This down-to-earth autobiography will increase your love and appreciation for this extraordinary couple, just as it did for me.  Learn the beginnings of our Brazil mission work, the challenges they faced, and the way that God protected them again and again.  Get to know the heart of this evangelist whose greatest desire is to lead people to saving faith in Jesus Christ.


—  In l971, John and Ruby and their 7 children drove 15,000 miles in a station wagon from Minnesota to Brazil!  There were         lots of adventures in that 4-month trip of a lifetime!

—  In  Bolivia in l953 when their son Jonathan was 3 weeks old, and John was gone on a Brazil trip for two weeks, Ruby was in extreme pain from a gall bladder attack.  She and baby Jonathan were admitted to a mission hospital for surgery.  When John returned 2 weeks later to surprise her in the hospital, he didn’t recognize her because she was so pale and thin.

—  In Brazil in 1954 when Paul was born, he was turning blue because of embryonic fluid that he had sucked into his lungs.  He was considered a “miracle baby” when he began to breath normally on the seventh day, after many people prayed that his life would be spared to be used for God’s glory.

—  In 1965, Ruby needed surgery for a hip infection.  When she got to her room after the surgery, the nurse could find no vital signs.  The doctor came on the run, elevated her and began massaging her heart, and she began to breathe.

Read this book.  You’ll be blessed!                                                                                           Linda Korhonen